Iran sanctions: special focus

Iran sanctions: special focus

Euromoney investigates how the relaxation of western sanctions on Iran – dubbed the world’s most lucrative closed economy – will jump-start trade and capital flows from Europe to the Gulf, and plots a vision for the country's banking system and economic transformation, more generally.

Obituary: H.E. Jammaz bin Abdullah Al-Suhaimi

Obituary: H.E. Jammaz bin Abdullah Al-Suhaimi

The former head of Saudi Arabia’s CMA was a far-sighted internationalist whose commitment to transparency, technocratic leadership, governance, empowerment of women and young people foreshadowed the far-reaching reforms now energising the country.

Ghana’s next oil boom is just around the corner

Ghana’s next oil boom is just around the corner

By JEREMY WELTMAN

The sovereign has recorded one of the largest improvements of any sub-Saharan borrower this year in Euromoney’s country risk survey – the recovering oil market, contract certainty and plans to expand the extractive industry explain why.

Bric: special focus

Bric: special focus

Euromoney's recent coverage of macroeconomic, FX, fixed income and equity market trends in Brazil, Russia, India and China.

Banking: Ten years on, ICBC Standard deal starts to show its worth

Banking: Ten years on, ICBC Standard deal starts to show its worth

By CHRIS WRIGHT

In the 10 years since ICBC’s $5.5 billion acquisition of a 20% stake in South Africa’s Standard Bank Group, there has still been no bigger single China-Africa investment. Looking back now, the deal was remarkable for the speed and relative ease with which it came together. But has it worked?

Arunma Oteh interview: New markets for the World Bank

Arunma Oteh interview: New markets for the World Bank

By OLIVIER HOLMEY

Arunma Oteh has helped develop new financial tools to address the world’s most pressing issues – in an exclusive interview, she talks about the difference the capital markets can make and her previous career fighting corruption in Nigeria.

Welcome to Euromoney Africa

Welcome to Euromoney Africa

By DOMINIC O’NEILL

It is almost 50 years since Euromoney was born with the wholesale international capital markets, to chronicle their evolution and that of the institutions that serve them. Today, the growth of banking and finance is now arguably at its most exciting, most important – and least exposed – in Africa.

A Mauritian bank sets its sights on the continent

A Mauritian bank sets its sights on the continent

By OLIVIER HOLMEY

State Bank of Mauritius aims to start a pan-African bank from scratch, as its home country turns its economy towards the continent. Little has been achieved to date, but SBM’s chairman is focused and confident.

Zambia: Kalyalya looks beyond the copper crisis

Zambia: Kalyalya looks beyond the copper crisis

By OLIVIER HOLMEY

As Denny Kalyalya’s first term as Zambia’s central bank governor draws to a close, he reflects on the need for IMF support, the currency and debt crisis that engulfed the country two years ago and his efforts to deliver a recovery for the long term.

Sub-Saharan Eurobonds hold up under pressure

Sub-Saharan Eurobonds hold up under pressure

Following Mozambique's default, is it time to reassess which other African Eurobond issuers might follow suit – and what options are open to issuers – given deteriorating finances and rising global interest rates?

Kigali's banks seek a wider role in East Africa

Kigali's banks seek a wider role in East Africa

By OLIVIER HOLMEY

Rwanda is one of the most competitive economies in Africa, thanks to reforms and an open-door approach to foreign investment. Its banking landscape has been transformed and bankers are keen to turn Kigali into a financial centre serving the region, though they admit it has a long way to go.

Bob Diamond is back on the offensive

Bob Diamond is back on the offensive

By DOMINIC O’NEILL

After a characteristically bold attempt last year to acquire Barclays Africa, a firm which he was instrumental in developing, Bob Diamond is even more determined to build his own pan-African bank at Atlas Mara. The London-listed African banking platform he co-founded four years ago has had its setbacks, but thanks to new funding and a bigger stake in its flagship Nigerian investment, another former Barclays asset, Diamond sees plenty of opportunities ahead.

African banks grasp the global retreat

African banks grasp the global retreat

By DOMINIC O’NEILL

Barclays’ exit from the continent shows how banks based in developed countries are either unable or unwilling to support growth in emerging markets. But for institutions with a focus on Africa, the departure of such international rivals makes banking in the region look even more attractive.

Ramos leads Barclays Africa into a new era

Ramos leads Barclays Africa into a new era

By DOMINIC O’NEILL

Barclays’ ownership has hobbled some of its biggest businesses in Africa. Now Maria Ramos, chief executive of the Johannesburg-listed successor company that makes up the bulk of Barclays Africa, tells Euromoney Africa about the challenges she faces in extricating Absa and the rest of the network from the London-based group.